C.I. Shenanigans
C.I. Shenanigans

C.I. Shenanigans

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.cishenanigans.com/
  • Phone: 2537528811
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm;
    Sunday Brunch: 9:30am - 1:45pm

    **Lunch is not served on Sunday.**

    SOUNDS ON THE SOUND
    Live Music, drink specials, and early weekends on the patio. Every Thursday at 9:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Eric Matthies
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: McCarver
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from C.I. Shenanigans
This classic Tacoma waterfront seafood and steak restaurant has been entertaining guests since 1983. CI's dining room provides warm, casual elegance with sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains and Commencement Bay. During the summer months, join them for casual dining or an impromptu gathering on their spacious deck. Guests enjoy succulent steaks, brilliant fresh seafood and other fine Northwest Cuisine. Choose from an extensive list of Washington and California wines, freshly shaken signature martinis and cosmopolitans; the ultimate accompaniment to any menu choice. Try one of their freshly made desserts to top off the memorable experience. CI's banquet facilities can accommodate parties as small as 10 and as large as 200. Their Special Events Coordinator will be happy to provide all the information and help needed to plan such events. Please come enjoy the service and hospitality of the gracious staff at CI Shenanigans.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
C.I. Shenanigans reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (93)special occasion (70)great for outdoor dining (69)romantic (48)good for groups (38)great for brunch (37)great for lunch (34)fit for foodies (25)notable wine list (19)neighborhood gem (17)hot spot (11)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (5)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food wasn't that great. The service was poor. Waitress wasn't friendly. She didn't even tell us the fresh catch information or ask if we wanted soup or salad. It felt like she just dumped the food at our table and left. I will not be going back to Shenanigans.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad table
    Otherwise
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Menu was excellent, table was almost after thought, located in a window between dining areas the view was good but the constant traffic was bothersome. A quite table without the view would have been preferred.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversery
    gbironman
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This was a perfect find for us. We were celebrating our 10 Year Anniversery. The waiter Noel was great. He was nice and conversational. My wife and I don't typically talk to much to waiters, we go to be together, but he was just the right amount of available and yet gave us space too. He asked if we were there for a celebration and we got free dessert because we were. The price was very reasonable and we even had recieved a buy one get one Enetree so we considered this a steal. The weather wasn't the best so the outside wasn't open, but it was still a pretty view and we enjoyed it. We went for a later lunch at 1PM. The groups there were mostly wrapping up so it got quieter about half way through. Great overall experence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long time favorite
    Grtnghtout
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We have been coming to C.I. Schenanigans for many years, the food is superb and service is the very best. We very much enjoy the views as well
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open space
    whiskMEaway
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The deck is huge with a view of all of the water traffic going in and out of Tacoma. The menu is typical of the Northwest; surf and turf items with a variety of salads and pasta. Was the food stellar? No, but combined with the view and casual atmosphere it made for an enjoyable evening. The salad makings were really fresh and the crab mac and cheese was really good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad dining experience
    jmart
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We went to C.I. Shenanigan's for Easter brunch 2014 - it was very good. Based on that, we took 2 out-of-town guests to dinner there Thursday night (Aug. 7, 2014). The food was the worst. We paid $140 for a meal that was worse than we would have gotten at Denny's. The NW potstickers were dry and tasteless and did not even resemble actual potstickers. The fish and chips were greasy and mediocre. The calamari was the one thing that was good. My salmon ravioli was bland and overcooked. The restaurant needed a good cleaning and update. I didn't notice at Easter. We were kept waiting to be seated even though the restaurant was clearly not busy. Our waitress was lackluster. .We were disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service
    Notfaraway
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Michelle was an amazing wait person. She was professional, very nice, and attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great view, great food
    Jojo
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Celebrated my dad's birthday and had a wonderful time. Our waiter Jeff was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view, okay otherwise
    CavernsOfMars
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Went for a business dinner with a group. Service was slow and one of our party didn't get his entree when the rest of us did--server said that the order was "missed". After numerous apologies from the server and manager, and a complaint by us, his food finally arrived about 15 minutes later. We were given free deserts, but the dinner took way too long and the food was "meh". Great view, but I probably wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wasn't like 2 years ago
    millerm
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I booked a reservation based on our dining experience in August 2012. That was quite simply an outstanding event, service impeccable, we discussed how great our food was for weeks and truly looked forward to our next opportunity to dine at CI Shenanigans again. Unfortunately this time our evening was not anything like that - and this is not to say the food wasn't spectacular - the food saved the experience. Our waiter was quite simply the worst waiter I've ever experienced. Thank goodness, about 2/3 of the way through our dining experience another waiter took over our table. From then on things went slightly better waiter wise - but we WON'T BE BACK EVER.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Serv. Quality of food poor.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Waiter was awesome nice job but two of the meals were cold. Not the kind of person that complains to the waiter so I didn't say anything. The meals took a long time to get to us and they were not that busy. Because of the long wait the waiter comp. the apatizer. Probably why the food was cold. Great place, but with the bill almost $200.00 for the three of is I expected a little better quality control on the preparation of the food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    FoodLuver123
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Deck seating was amazing! Beautiful view on a beautiful day! Service was impeccable, friendly, and efficient! Food was fresh and nicely presented, tho lacking in labels. A few items were difficult to discern what they actually were. Also it was at times difficult to maneuver around the buffet because of the amount of diners crowded around the tables. It was the first brunch/buffet that I got perfect eggs benedict! I will return and recommend this to family and friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I just want to say our waitress was the best. She was a young woman from Alaska planning on starting school in the fall for putting makeup and faces on actors/actress's. Very pleasant and attentive, an assay to your restaurant
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, disappointed w/manager
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Good food, beautiful view. Tried to use a Open Table check that I earned with my points. Restaurant refused to take it and would not even call or read the check. Just said No. I was hoping to reduce the EXPENSIVE bill with my check but management refused to take it. We will not be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reunited
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I scheduled a group of 5 for lunch on line and the process was painless. We were greater at the door and seated promptly, even though we were a few minutes early. The waiter was entertaining and efficient. The menu selection was ample and delicious. The seating was at a window and our entire reunion was enjoyable. I traveled from Cashmere, another traveled from Vancouver, the other three from Tacoma area. Thank you for a wonderful experience. We posted our picture on FB.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Outside on the water
    jndndmVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Shenanigan's has the greatest outdoor dining, it's become our favorite place for brunch and dinner. The menu is good, we love the fish tacos. The view of the bay and Vashon Island is stunning. With a glass of prosecco, it is the perfect spot for a hot summer day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We couldnt ask for a better lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We arrived with a party of 8 making reservations through Open Table. Everything was set up nicely with a corner view and service began immediatley. The food had great flavor and very large portions. We were not dissapointed. Thanks for making our day even more special. We can't wait to visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unfortunate Coincidence
    Jamesanderson75
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I planned to celebrate my anniversary here after extensive research and restaurant comparison. I had made reservations nearly six weeks out from the date. Upon arriving, coincidentally, there was another group with the same last name waiting for their walk-in table. As this unfolded, I attempted to clarify my reservation. The hosts gave our reservation to them and made us wait about 30 minutes for another table. The host didn't seem to care and mindlessly went about her duties. Simply taking a minute to de-conflict the issue could have prevented the issue. Despite this, the restaurant was a good experience. Good food, great server, good time. I only wish my care could have been taken to keep my anniversary special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The patio was great! We enjoyed our great meal and the beautiful weather. Thanks CI Shenanigans!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Day!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Went for a sunset dinner - beautiful table outside. Food was okay -we've had better oysters there before. Had to ask for a couple times several times (tabasco, lemon slices, ice). But overall a good dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Buckeyeman
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I had the stuffed prawns and they were great, I just wish there had been a little more. To be honest I went home and had a snack. Our waitress made sure we had everything we needed and always seemed available just in case. Great tasting beer selection. Everybody was friendly and attentive. Nice variety on menu. Super easy reservations online.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Done
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The cocoanut shrimp was dry and overdone. The steak was burnt. The service was less then good. This use to be a really nice place to bring friends for a nice evening but not any more. It is turning into an upscale Denny's.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • buffet , dinner, or lunch
    NWHappy
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    service, location, atmosphere excellent. Food:fresh raw oyster bar excellent Desserts tiny portions, delicious mousse,lemon tarts, good pastry no guilt. Roastbeef-tougher than I'd serve at home good salad options, always baked salmon--I put on greens.I miss Loxs. sitting outside overlooking the water no one rushes, one of THE NW experiences. great job Shenanigans. thank you Open Table for easy facilitation of the reservation with an outside table.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful time
    warnerhouse
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Me and my wife went to brunch and had a great time, as usual.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place for special occasions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Celebrated our Anniversary. The food was wonderful. The service was friendly, timely and prompt. The view of the sound is very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food, but not worth the wait
    54BWU
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I made a reservation for 7:00 pm on open table. I was seated at 7:25 pm. Apparently they know how to "take" a reservation. They just don' t know how to "hold" a reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Iloveblue
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We were very pleased with our delicious lunch that we enjoyed on your beautiful deck. Our service was outstanding and there just isn't a nicer place to enjoy an outstanding view and lunch with friends. We hope you continue to strive for excellence as we found our experience to be a more than pleasant one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    It was over very nice. I would recommend it to my friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best spot to brunch!
    BrunchObsessed
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    My husband & I frequently make reservations for Sunday brunch at CI's and we're never disappointed! Every Sunday they have a huge spread of breakfast, sweets, & seafood offerings -- On top of that, each week they have a different theme for the savory foods! The brunch buffet is priced very reasonably, and all non-alcoholic beverages are included! Fabulous food & breathtaking views make this the perfect spot to have brunch with your significant other!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Table43
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Every time I come here I always leave feeling like my experience was amazing. From the food to the atmosphere and to the staff who make dining there enjoyable. That's why I love this place
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was great!
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The service was excellent...Enjoyed the steamers & sauteed spinach but husband was disappointed in the mac & cheese. My brother in law did not care for the tartar sauce....it had too much dill in it & I agree. Overall, it was good though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great corporate event space
    planner
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    When we plan a corporate dinner this is always the first place I book. Beautiful setting for dinner, great food and service too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    My wife and I had an awesome dinner. The waiter recommended great wine. I had to 20oz new York. And my wife had the 8oz rib eye and salmon entrée. Both were perfect.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Father's Day
    funtimes3
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Brought my husband to C I Shenanigan's for a fabulous Father's Day dinner. It was his choice, and what a great choice it was. We sat near the window by the water. The weather was calm, although they said it would rain. Our waitress Chi was great and very attentive. She provided top notch service to us. We had the calamari appetizer and it was divine. The chef that created this dish deserves high praises...absolutely scrumptious! We both ordered steaks and they were the best! Kudos to the restaurant and staff!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paulina
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Very nice as always but this occasion I also reserved on line and requested a window seat due to we brought out of state guests with us whom never have been to Old Town Tacoma. But instead we had a view away from the windows we were seated about three rows away from the windows... still we had a somewhat of a view but not as we had hoped for our out of town guests to enjoy. I guess reserving more than a few days ahead really doesn't help. Hopefully next time we reserve a window seat we really do indeed get a window seat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Our server was very friendly. The food was amazing. My husband enjoyed his copper river salmon chowder & the spinach is the best. Will definitely go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere & location
    phylnet
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Had a wonderful time, this was a special night out to celebrate my graduation with my family. Would go back again, the atmosphere and customer service was great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second try
    Tinker
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Waiters were more interested in talking to eachother. Service was poor. Three our of four of the entrees were left unfinished as the quality of food was poor Had a reservation for 5:15, with restaurant almost empty hostess insisted on seating us in middle of restaurant away from waterfront windows and view, only after insisting were we seated at a table nearest the front/water view. I would state it was the poorest of the lot as next to door to deck that was in use with lots of traffic. We had brought guests from out of town for a waterfront restaurant experience. We live in the area, eating out once a week. We will not go back to Shenanigans in the future
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This is my second time at this restaurant and I was very disappointed in bringing friends new to the Tacoma area. It was very busy and despite having a reservation we waited about 20 minutes for our table. We inquired about sitting at one of the empty outdoor tables and were told "you did not request that on your reservation" and "those tables its first come first serve". Surprisingly they remained empty for 2 hours. After requesting water several times we finally placed our order and received food after an hour. When it was time to pay I received a statement showing a balance of zero (for a $150 meal). I pointed this out and instead of thanks I was just handed a new bill. Will not be going back for such poor service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderous Evening
    SpecialOccasionDiner
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Went here for my Prom night with my boyfriend and one other couple, we all had a fabulous time! Food and deserts are incredible (the steak is to die for!). Highly recommend making reservations, or else your wait to be seated might be quite awhile! Very kind and knowledgeable staff. The view is very beautiful :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.